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2018 SI Global Conference expands Conscious Aging Community of Elders

240 Elders aspiring to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them came together at the Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference: Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action, October 25-28, in Chaska, Minnesota, to stand for the well-being of the future. There were seven  keynote speakers, over 40 workshop presentations, daily rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music, poetry, film and dance. Engaging elders from a wide spectrum of cultures and traditions inspired and unified us to work together going forward to create greater good for our world. Over the next few months we will share stores from conference participations and future plans of action.


 FROM THE 2018 CONFERENCE CHAIR, Marilyn Loy Every

Marilyn Loy Every

Our Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference, “Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action! inspired rousing international participation— multicultural and intergenerational. Beginning with rich pre-conference sessions, robust attendance continued throughout the conference with an abundance of shared talents, stirring messages, and transformative experiences.

As the conference came to a close, deeply devoted Elders ceremoniously accepted a call to “eldering”—dedicated to take innovative action in transforming cultural norms of aging, and to take stands for the welfare of families, communities, countries, and global neighbors. It became clear that we, as united Elders, are the ones to blaze a new trail in supporting an intergenerational vision for a thriving Sacred Earth!

We now look forward to our growth and future as an organization in expanding the reach of our mission. There is so much that we can do! Many sage-ing leaders gave valued gifts of service in supporting our fruitful conference, and maintain their support in the ongoing tasks of Sage-ing International.

We are eager for your participation as we continue our inspiring work and create new ways to serve in the world. Our vision will necessitate expansive dedication to keep the torch of transformation aflame. Join us in a vibrant opportunity to engage in service for our precious planet and its beloved inhabitants. We will exponentially foster the significant legacy we envision for following generations.

With gratitude,

Marilyn Loy Every, DMin, CSL

FROM THE 2018 SERVICE COMMITTEE CHAIR, Pat Hoertdoerfer

More than 75 elders were called to gather on Sunday afternoon for a LISTENING CONVERSATION addressing hard questions of our time.

Jerilyn DeCoteau, Chippewa elder, told the story of building relations between Natives and non-Natives in Boulder, CO leading to Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 “homecoming”celebration. 

Jaylani Hussein, Council on American-Islamic Relations MN executive director, spoke about being present for cross-cultural conversations in schools, faith communities and with the media to empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote mutual understanding and justice. 

Amy Lange, community activist, shared her networking experience in social justice advocacy in immigration justice and sanctuary in Minneapolis. 

Their stories of resilience carried the messages we now all take to our home communities –  ‘Show up, be present and engage with compassion with the Natives, the Muslims, the Immigrants in your neighborhood!   Seize the opportunity to make things better now for the welfare of all!  It’s up to us to use our elder moral voices to change the world!’  We left the sessionsinging “This Little Light of Mine.”  

Pat Hoertdoerfer, Service Committee Co-Chair 


SAGE-ING IS A NEW WAY OF AGING

Sage-ing islooking at life in a new way as we grow older, a spiritual practice that involvesharvesting the wisdom of our lives, transmitting that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and giving back through service. Learn more hereSage-ing International (SI) offers workshopswebinarsWisdom Circles and Sage-ing Chapters as well as online resources and conferences.

OUR MISSION

Sage-ing International is committed to transforming the current paradigm of  aging to “sage-ing”  through  learning, community building and service.

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and with a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve every day. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations, while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve.

WHAT WE DO

  1. We embrace new paradigms for aging to realize our potential.
  2. We recall important people and events and how they have shaped us.
  3. We harvest the wisdom learned through life’s triumphs and challenges.
  4. We find solace in forgiving others and ourselves
  5. We make peace with death, taking spiritual and practical steps
  6. We create a legacy through service, mentoring and activism

FEATURING HONORED SAGES

To honor leaders  in the field of conscious aging, Sage-ing International has created a “Council of Honored Sages,” well-known professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in consscious aging.  Meet the Council of Honored Sages here. Every few months we will introduce another Honored Sage.

Harry (Rick) Moody 

Rick MoodyRick Moody, a member of our Council of Honored Sages, has become a feature at our Conferences and on our working committees.  He has been a valued adviser to our Development and Outreach Committees, contributing his wisdom from years of experience serving various non-profits.  He has been a wise and funny contributor at our biennial Conferences, most recently entertaining us with his “Rick and Connie Show” in Colorado in 2016.  Always pleasant, always energetic and always with a valuable opinion and a suggestion, he has helped SI for many years as we strive to grow our organization and our influence on those in the second half of life. Learn more aboutRick’s  encore career, his legacy work of advancing the legacy of institutions that need sustainability her


Meet Reb Zalman

Listen to  Reb Zalman and learn about Sage-ing and Conscious Aging principles.


Connie Goldman Scholarship Program

Connie, a member of our Council of Honored Sages, has contributed to Sage-ing International in so many ways.Now we want to help Connie celebrate her many years of life experience by creating the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund to honor her many contributions to the fields of positive and conscious aging.  

To learn more about the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Program click here. To make a contribution to the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund click here

To learn about Sage-ing start here.


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Read the Bulletin for education program offerings.

Read our newsletter The Communicator.


Visit our Brazilian chapter and Portuguese translated pages here.


Blogs and Podcasts of Interest

Check out these resources by SI conference workshop presenters:

Articles by Connie Zweig here.

Podcasts featuring interviews with 2018 SI conference presenters conducted  by Sally Fox here.

Carol Orsborn’s Fierce with Age” Digest Special Edition on Sage-ing here.


Spirituality & Practice E-Course: The Spiritual Legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

November 5 – 30, 2018

Sage-ing® International, in co-sponsorship with Spirituality & Practice, is honored to present an e-course on the life and legacy of this remarkable spiritual leader.

Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross, co-authors and facilitators, offer this e-course in honor of their beloved teacher and mentor, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. They received joint Rabbinic Ordination from Reb Zalman and the P’nai Or religious fellowship in 1998. Victor and Nadya are Co-Directors of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program, and have recently co-founded Yerusha, with associates Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman and Lynne Iser. Yerusha is an organization dedicated to carrying Reb Zalman’s legacy into the future.

It’s not too late to register!

You will be sent all twelve sessions throughout November:

Week 1: From Chabad Hasidism to Jewish Renewal

Week 2: Deep Ecumenism

Week 3: From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Week 4: Re-calibrating Body, Mind & Spirit

Click here below to learn more about the e-course and to register!


Find a Certified Sage-ing Leader (CSL) near you!

Sage-ing International has highly qualified CSLs around the country available to offer workshops and retreats from one day, weekend and multi-week highly interactive Sage-ing sessions as well as Wisdom Circles. Click here to learn more.


Service Committee Blogs

Awakening to Action:  Finding & Following Our Call to Service by Stan Paine

Where do our passions—those causes we care most deeply about—come from?  How does the seed of the cause become planted in our soul?    Read more here. . .


Amazon Smile supports SI

If you shop through Amazon you can make your purchases through Amazon Smile which in turn gives a percentage of your purchases back to our organization at no additional cost to you. Simply go here and select Sage-ing International as your charity and then make future purchases through Amazon Smile. Thank you.

Upcoming SI Webinars, Workshops & Retreats

Spirituality & Practice E-Course: The Spiritual Legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

November 5 – 30, 2018

Sage-ing® International, in co-sponsorship with Spirituality & Practice, is honored to present an e-course on the life and legacy of this remarkable spiritual leader.

Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross, co-authors and facilitators, offer this e-course in honor of their beloved teacher and mentor, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. They received joint Rabbinic Ordination from Reb Zalman and the P’nai Or religious fellowship in 1998. Victor and Nadya are Co-Directors of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program, and have recently co-founded Yerusha, with associates Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman and Lynne Iser. Yerusha is an organization dedicated to carrying Reb Zalman’s legacy into the future.

It’s not too late to register!

You will be sent all twelve sessions throughout November:

Week 1: From Chabad Hasidism to Jewish Renewal

Week 2: Deep Ecumenism

Week 3: From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Week 4: Recalibrating Body, Mind & Spirit


Click here to learn more about the e-course and to register!

Awakening the Sage Within (ASW)

Stay tuned for more ASW events!

“Beyond the Basics”

Our “BtB” events go beyond awakening your Inner-Elder, for more personal growth and elder-equipping. Themes will be varied, designed for in-depth exploration of Age-ing to Sage-ing life issues.

Birmingham, Alabama – December 8, 2018, “No Regrets: Living Well and Dying Well.” Join Certified Sage-ing Leader, Mary Porter, D.Min, MDiv, MSW to explore the last stage of life from a number of perspectives. Learn how a healthy relationship with death helps us to live well. Mary brings her rich and diverse professional and personal life experience to this workshop…you will expand your readiness to live and die without regrets.
For more information and registration, click…HERE

Learn about Sage-ing

LEARN MORE about Sage-ing principles and practices, or PARTICIPATE in one of our educational programs.

Connect

Conscious Age-ing is about networking with other Elders. Join or create a local WISDOM CIRCLE.

Conscious Age-ing is about giving back, providing service, mentoring. SEE what Sages in Service are doing.

Is Sage-ing for You?

Are you in the second half of life and wondering what to do next? Have you just retired, have you recently become an empty-nester or has some other life transition left you wondering “what’s next?” Sage-ing may be your answer!

Sage-ing engages curiosity, community, commitment and connections and encourages us to enrich ourselves and our world through serving a cause, contacting a friend, reading a good book, attending a class, or enjoying the beauty and wonder of nature.

Embracing a sage-ing way of life may be the most important thing you do for yourself (and for others in your life) this year.

Here we share wisdom and inspiring stories from the Sage-ing International community, as well as from other partners in the rich collective of the conscious aging field. We aspire to bring you changing content of interest that keeps you coming back for more!

Qualities of Sages in Service

With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve everyday. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve. More about these here

  • Deep Listening
  • Compassion
  • Joyfulness
  • Peacefulness
  • Open Communication
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity
  • Reverence for Life
  • Respect

Another SI Service Committtee blog:

Becoming An Elder-Activist: My Kitchen Table Transformation by Lynne Iser

My life changed at an unexpected moment eight years ago. My youngest daughter was 16, lingering in the kitchen as I sautéed onions and mushrooms for dinner. She was reading the newspaper and suddenly turned to me in tears and said, “I wish I grew up in the 1960s.” Read more here. . .

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